Fitness Expert Reveals New Workout that Boosts Metabolism for Up to 40 Hours

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Interviews | Posted on 05-09-2013-05-2008

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Today, I’ve got something very special for you…

An exclusive interview with my friend and world-famous fitness expert, Craig Ballantyne.

In this shocking new interview, Craig reveals the truth about cardio.

Plus, he delivers the latest scientific research showing that you can burn an extra 450% more calories by using a specific type of short, burst workout.

Let’s get right into this incredible interview.

1. What is the biggest mistake you’ve seen people make when they get started on a program for losing fat?

Answer:
Great question.

It’s heartbreaking really, but every day I see so many busy men and women chained to the treadmill and elliptical cardio machines. Unfortunately, that doesn’t get them any results. And each week they come into the gym looking the same – or in many cases, worse.

It’s really sad because I know these folks have families, friends, and hobbies that they’d rather be spending their time with. But I know they are bothered about their stubborn belly fat, and so they continue to come back to what I call, “The Cardio Confessional” where they pray that results will come (although they never do).

Study after study proves that cardio just doesn’t work for weight loss. A moderate amount of this type of low-intensity exercise is fine for your health but it is absolutely worthless if you want to lose belly fat.

2. Really?  Cardio is that bad for you?  Why is that?

Answer:
Yes, it’s the truth all right, the politically incorrect truth, too. I say that because many fitness companies survive only because they are able to sell the Cardio LIE to gym members or to folks buying an expensive treadmill, bike, or elliptical machine for home.

If everyone knew that, a LOT of gyms would go out of business, and equipment manufacturers too.

What most folks don’t know is that cardio machines dramatically over-estimate the number of calories burned in an exercise session. According to Shape magazine, the elliptical machine is the worst offender, over-estimating the number of calories burned per workout by a whopping 42%!

That’s borderline criminal. It’s like having the speedometer in your car tell you that you’re going 30 miles per hour when you’re actually going 60. It’s extremely dangerous.

That’s just one reason you’re not losing weight despite the hours that you exercise each week. Cardio also increases your appetite and doesn’t give you a post-workout afterburn (I’ll explain the importance of this amazing effect in a moment.)

It’s just not fair. And that’s why so many folks struggle. Not to mention the fact that doing the same long, slow exercise sessions every day can cause knee pain, back pain, loss of muscle, and accelerated aging.

Cardio has about 10 strikes against it. It should have been called out a long time ago!

3. What should people do instead of cardio, is there another type of workout that’s more effective?

Answer:
That’s your best question yet, and brings us to the actual science of fat loss.

According to researchers from all over the globe, including America, Britain, China, Japan, Australia, and Canada, the best way to exercise for fat loss is to use short, burst workouts. These workouts cause the “afterburn” effect in your body, elevating your metabolism for almost two days after each short exercise session. It’s like doing three or four workouts at once, but in half the time of a single cardio session.

These unique short burst workouts do NOT require any fancy equipment. You can do them in just a small space in your living room, basement, garage, or even a mega-busy commercial gym.

In fact, I created a 16-week program (that also delivers an additional 8 weeks of beginner and intermediate workouts) to help busy men and women lose fat fast – while building muscle, too, if
that’s their goal.

I call this trademarked system, Turbulence Training.

And a new study recently proved that these short, under-30 minute workouts can help you boost your calorie burning by over 450% compared to a normal workout.

Italian researchers put subjects through a one hour traditional weight training workout or a 22-minute high-intensity interval resistance workout (like you would do in Turbulence Training).

The traditional workout increased 22-hour post-workout afterburn by only 98 calories. But the high-intensity interval resistance workout boosted afterburn by over 450 calories!

That’s the power of using short, burst workouts to burn fat, and why you don’t need to exercise as much when you are using the Turbulence Training System to transform your body.

(Reference: J Transl Med. 2012 Nov 24;10:237.)

4. How does Turbulence Training Work?

Answer:
Now we’re really diving into the good stuff.

When you do Turbulence Training, you’ll exercise in a short, burst style with an increased intensity. You’ll do total body movements using your bodyweight or a set of dumbbells (these are cheap and easy to store at home).

You’ll also use my trademarked secrets to cut the workout time by increasing exercise density.

If you’ve done a typical workout advertised in a fitness magazine, you’ve probably taken long breaks between exercises, but you won’t with Turbulence Training. Instead, you’ll use my secret method of combining exercises so that you end up getting the power of 10 (yes, 10!) workouts in one.

It all adds up to quick results in minimum time and minimum space, without having to invest in an expensive gym membership or fancy, large machines that end up doubling as clothes racks in your home (because you can’t stand using them).

5. It really only takes 90 minutes per week to get amazing results? How is that possible?

Answer:
This is a great question to let me sum everything up. You’ve learned a lot in this interview, discovering that cardio doesn’t work for fat loss, and that gym machines “lie” to you by over-estimating the number of calories you burn each session.

The end result with slow, boring cardio workouts done on a treadmill or elliptical machine is frustration, but not fat loss.

On the other hand, if you switch to short, burst workouts, that can be done at home or in a gym with minimal equipment – and much less time – you’ll triple or quadruple your fat burning results and you will benefit from the afterburn effect to boost your metabolism for up to 40 hours after your workouts.

And by taking the science one step further and using my trademarked, unique exercise system, you’ll be able to lose fat in just three fast, fun, and effective workouts of only 30 minutes per week.

That’s 30 minutes from start to finish, too. There’s no hidden extra warm-up or cool-down in there. You’ll finally be able to lose 10, 20, even 30 pounds or more of fat in just a few weeks with this approach.

I guarantee it and urge you to take advantage of my new follow-along workout video system on sale this week. You’ll get a done-for-you exercise plan that you can do at home to lose belly fat starting immediately. And you’ll save a lot of money with this special, limited-time offer.

Get your fat burning workout videos and program right now

And you’ll finally be able to get the results you want – and deserve.

10 Exercises for a Healthier Summer

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Health | Posted on 21-06-2013-05-2008

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10 Exercises for a Healthier Summer

Summer is one of the best times of the year for exercising, because of the beautiful weather and all the opportunities to try new things. However, it can be very difficult to get out of the loop of your normal routine to try something different. Exercising in the summer can be an especially rewarding experience if you explore your boundaries and try something new.

Tennis

Tennis is a favorite summer activity for many, because it’s not only a fun sport, but a great exercise. Playing tennis burns fat by mixing aerobic fitness with bursts of intensity, and also assists in improving your general body coordination and motor control.

Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball is a fantastic summer alternative to regular volleyball, because the sand on the beach acts as a great natural resistance, and adds another dynamic not found in the game traditionally. Beach Volleyball also helps tone your arms, legs, and even abs. One of the best parts about the sport, however, is that it provides an opportunity for you to show your body publicly and comfortably, while meeting new people.

Jogging

While jogging isn’t a strictly summer exercise, jogging in the summer is great because you get to visit new areas (as well as revisit old ones) without the worry of bad weather ruining your workout. Before jogging, make sure to warm-up beforehand, so you don’t hurt your knees or pull a muscle.

Hiking

For those who don’t like jogging, hiking can be a great alternative. Unlike jogging, hiking on a mountain trail is a slower, relaxing experience that still provides a great workout. Hiking puts a lot of pressure on your bones and encourages a healthy bone structure. Exercises like hiking also reduce the risk of high-blood pressure, and actually lowers blood pressure by 4-10 points, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Association.

Yoga

Yoga has become very popular with both men and women, because of its usefulness as a way to reduce stress. Yoga helps with your balance, range of motion, and strength, while also reducing the risk of developing a chronic disease. One of the best things about Yoga, is that you can do it nearly anywhere, as long as you have a yogamat on you.

Swimming

Swimming is a unique aerobic exercise because it allows you to work your body without major impact to your spine and skeletal system. Swimming is especially useful because it helps you develop more range of motion with your arms and legs, with the water acting as a resistance and as a weight, helping you grow the muscles in your body. Swimming is also great because you can swim at a beach, lake, pool, or waterpark, and meet plenty of new people while doing it.

Cycling

Bicycling is unique because it appeals to nearly all age ranges and groups: people, both young and old, can ride a bike. Cycling isn’t a high-impact sport, but instead works your joints gently while also strengthening the cartilage in your legs.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is a sport, played mostly by college-age people, that could just as easily be called “Frisbee Football.” While the game might appear to be childish to some, there are actually some legitimate gains to playing. Ultimate Frisbee builds up speed and stamina, while also developing leadership and team skills.

Golf

Although a calm “gentleman’s sport”, golf is very beneficial to your health because of how much of your body is involved. Golf involves a lot of walking from hole to hole, as well as upper body involvement when you swing to take a shot.

Kayaking

Kayaking is a fun and rewarding way to get exercise out in nature. While paddling, a strong stroke will use every muscle in your upper body, and even some of your lower body and other core muscles as well. Kayaking is also a fun social activity, and is especially fun in groups.

Summer is a great time of year to explore different workouts, and stray from the monotony of a year-long routine. If you stay open minded while exercising, you are bound to get some personal wins and milestones. Who knows, you may even discover a new workout to add to your routine!

 

About The Author: Shawn Tremaine is a personal trainer and health and fitness writer, and has reviewed MindBodyMojo’s guide to Chicago yoga. When he’s not working on helping others increase their health, he likes to spend it coaching his little boys soccer team.

The Ultimate Bodyweight Workout

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 27-05-2013-05-2008

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By Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
http://tinyurl.com/5tm8lgd

One of the most common questions I get asked is something like “If you could only do 5 exercises….?” or “if you could only use one piece of equipment….?”

I have to admit, I think these questions are silly, because when would I ever have those limits placed upon me?

Well, I guess there is one answer…a hotel room. Recently, stuck in a hotel with a terrible gym, all I could do was bodyweight circuits in my room.

Fortunately, because of my insane knowledge of bodyweight training, I was able to create an incredible workout.

To learn more, check out these bodyweight circuits
http://tinyurl.com/5tm8lgd

So let me tell you a secret previously known by only a few of the world’s best personal trainers…

Your body is actually the BEST piece of home gym “workout equipment” in the world for helping you GAIN muscle and BURN fat without spending tons of money.

Countless soldiers, secret service men, professional bodyguards, gymnasts, martial artists, dancers, and athletes have long relied on bodyweight training secrets to build a lean, long, sexy look.

And here’s something NO fitness magazine will ever admit. You know those cover models they put on their magazines? The ones with the six pack abs and flat stomachs and no belly fat?

I’ve met dozens of those fitness models, and only a small percentage even workout with weights.

Most of them are simply athletic and just like to “bang out” a few quick bodyweight workouts per week.

Hardly any mainstream fitness model spends hours in the gym, even though that’s what the magazines tell you month after month.

It’s a complex conspiracy to keep you coming back for long commercial gym workouts, even though their superstar cover models don’t even use those programs.

Men and women with the long, lean bodies you want don’t use workout machines or even spend much time in commercial gyms at all…

…they are warriors, athletes, beach-body surfers, climbers, and all types of other people who prefer bodyweight exercise and fun activities over boring machine workouts.

The cover models are the people you see cranking out workouts at the playground or in the park with little more than their own bodyweight for resistance.

Bodyweight exercise is for people who want a life, not a life sentence of 2-hour long commercial gym workouts.

Cover models – like professional surfer Laird Hamilton, for example – would much rather be out on the beach enjoying their life than “strutting their stuff” in the cardio area of an empty gym on a Saturday morning.

And so would I.

That’s why you could crank out a bodyweight workout three times per week rather than spending another 60 to 90 minutes in the gym lifting weights.

With bodyweight workouts, you’ll save time (they are shorter and don’t require you to drive to the gym and back), so you can enjoy more time outside – heck, you can even do most of these workouts in the park.

You’ll be shocked when you compare the Turbulence Training Bodyweight Cardio workouts against traditional cardio machines because your results will show…

Bodyweight Cardio workouts are more effective for total body conditioning and fat burning.

Studies even show that traditional long, slow cardio workouts don’t even work while circuit training can help men and women gain muscle and burn fat at the same time – even if they are over 60 years old.

Bodyweight workouts are for men and women who want to build sex appeal while improving their health, fitness, mobility, and vitality.

And bodyweight exercises are for anyone who wants faster results and the ability to workout at home, rather than being forced into a 2-hour round trip to the gym.

If you want to burn belly fat and sculpt your body like a cover model – while just saying NO to long, boring cardio and extreme overuse bodybuilding workouts -you’ll love the Turbulence Training bodyweight workouts.

Check it out : Bodyweight Cardio
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We know that interval training works better than steady state training for fat loss. I’m convinced that metabolic circuits like these are the next evolution in interval training.

Take a look:  Bodyweight Cardio
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3 Fat Burning Exercises To Start 2013 With A Bang

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 02-01-2013-05-2008

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Today I want to share with you three of the most effective forms of fat burning exercises out there today.

So if you want to take your cardio workouts and results up a level and start 2013 with a bang you better start incorporating exercises right away!

1. Elevated Press Ups

Performing press ups with elevation allows for a deeper lowering phase, firing more muscle fibres across your pectorials than your average nose dive to the carpet.  This move also targets your core muscles, preparing them for what’s to come.

How to perform the elevated press up

a) Assume a press up position with your hands resting on boxes of the same height.  Tense your core throughout

b) Slowly lower your body until your chest is an inch below your hands then push back up to the starting position.  If that’s too easy try the exercise using dumbbells and lift each dumbbell alternatively at the top of the exercise.

Do 10 reps and then rest for 1 minute.  Do 3 sets in total.

2. Short-Interval Skipping Sprints

A skipping rope is simple piece of kit that can burn off 1,000 calories per hour and builds definition in your carves and shoulders.  Spin the rope hard enough and you will trigger the release of human growth hormone – which you need to burn off extra fat.

How to perform skipping sprints

a) Stand on the middle of the rope and pull the handles up – they should reach the middle of your chest.

b) Skip as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then take 30 seconds rest.  If you falter, simply restart when ready.  Once you become more proficient with the skipping rope, progress to skipping gently for 30 seconds and then fast for 30 seconds.

Continue for a total of 5 minutes skipping.

3. High-Intensity Stationery Bike Hill Climb

By cranking up the difficulty way beyond your normal spinning resistance you ensure enough time under tension to bring the huge muscles of your lower body to the front of the fat loss pack by simulating a hill climb.

How to perform the hill climb

a) Start with a 5 minute warm up.  Now up the resistance until you can only just turn the pedals.  Stand up to climb.

b) Focus on using your leg strength and keep your upper body as still as you can to isolate your quads.  Go for 2 minutes and then reduce the tension to zero for 4 minutes.

Repeat 3 times, and then warm down for 2 minutes, making 25 minutes in total.

These are really challenging exercises and will burn fat faster than you thought possible.

If you are more advanced and in good shape and looking for something more extreme I can also help solve your problem.

The Answer?

Hill Sprints

The simple task of hill sprints will put you on your ass sooner than you believed possible. Regardless of how powerful or enduring you think you might be right now.

Hill sprints will challenge your entire body a lot more than sprinting on flat ground.

Your legs have to work more to drive your body onward and upward, and every stride is almost like a little hop, really working your quads, hamstrings, and calve muscles and also your arms if you want to stay in an upright position. All of this muscle work means that your cardiovascular system gets tired FAST.

You will need to take things slow the first few times you do hills sprints. That isn’t because you’re risking any injury – it’s because they are just really difficult!

Once you get used to hill sprints, it’s time to really get serious.

If you are doing ten sprints, try to challenge yourself by doing double that amount. If you do ten, next time try twenty sprints instead, the eleventh sprints won’t really feel much different from the tenth, but the fifteenth is going to be really tough.

If you are really advanced try to add a few exercises into the mix as well, do a set of ten press ups, burpees or jumping jacks at the bottom of the hill, followed immediately by your next hill sprint.

Hill sprints are also one of the safest ways to improve your conditioning because running on a sharp incline drastically reduces the impact between your feet and the ground. Plus, dirt and grass are far easier on your joints than concrete. Ultimately, this means that you can do more sprints, more often.

–Nigel

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Hope you found this post useful to kickstart your fat burning in 2013!  We want to hear if you have your own personal routine that might be helpful to our readers—let’s get 25 COMMENTS, and we’ll be back soon with another cool post.

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New Workout Study Proves Bodyweight Exercises Are Better Than Cardio

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 23-12-2012-05-2008

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Each week Craig Ballantyne, Certified Turbulence Trainer, scours hundreds of magazines, websites, videos, scientific research papers, hard copy books, and even university textbooks to uncover new ways of training to add to his TT workouts.

And recently he uncovered one NEW workout-boosting trick that is a GAME CHANGER for fat loss. Not only does it make your future fat burning workouts and bodyweight exercises even more effective, it does so in just minutes per workout.

From Craig:

Can 4 minutes of bodyweight exercises (like burpees) work just as well as traditional 30-minute cardio workouts?

Researchers from Queen’s University say it can…

In their study, published in “Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism”, the scientists had 22 college-aged women do 4 workouts per week for 4 weeks, splitting them into one of three groups:

-Group A did 30 minutes of treadmill running at 85% max heart rate.

-Group B did 8 rounds of 20 seconds of a single exercise (burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or squat thrusts) with 10 seconds of rest between rounds, for a total of 4 minutes.

-Group C did nothing (they were the non-training control group).

Here were their shocking results…

Despite training just 1/7th of the time, Group B increased their aerobic fitness levels by the SAME amount (about 7-8%) as Group A.

That’s right… even the short, intense, bodyweight workouts were equally as effective as 30 minutes of boring cardio.

Now here’s where the study gets interesting…

First, Group B was the only group to INCREASE their muscular endurance in common exercises like chest presses, leg extensions, sit-ups, and push-ups.

Second, these unconventional bodyweight workouts resulted in members of Group B reporting GREATER overall workout enjoyment.

And that was just from one 4-minute blast of bodyweight exercises.

I know you’ll get TRIPLE the results, or more, when you use the Turbulence Training versions of the system … not to mention these workouts can be done from ANYWHERE you want.

Get the complete TT 20-10 Bodyweight Revolution Program with this Special Holiday Deal

4 Tips For Effective Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 29-10-2012-05-2008

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Are you fed up with continuously seeing no measurable or long-lasting results whenever you try to lose weight? Or maybe you are sick and tired of throwing your money away on the latest fad diets, only to be let down again. Stop! That’s right, stop whatever you’re doing, you are going to want to hear this. Don’t even think about trying another diet plan or weight loss program until you read this article. Why? Because these four tips will put you on the fast track to lose weight safely and keep it off.

Each of the tips is based on science. That means they have always been around and are not fads. It’s just that a lot of people selling the latest weight loss programs don’t always like to share them, so it’s not your fault if you haven’t been able to effectively lose weight.

1. The Magic of Muscle – In short, the more lean muscle you have as you are trying to lose weight, the better. The amount of calories you are able to burn off is related, in part, to how much muscle mass you have. On top of that, more muscle allows you to exercise more effectively, and have more endurance. The fact that muscle is more attractive than fat doesn’t hurt either.

One of the best ways to build muscle mass is through strength training. You can still engage in aerobic exercise, and should, but nothing beats lifting weights and resistance training to add muscle to your body. This is important because muscle also requires more calories to stay fed, which is good, and brings us to the next point…

2. Stoke the Furnace – What we are talking about here is metabolism; that is the rate at which your body burns calories. As we have already seen, muscle tissue is excellent for burning calories and boosting your metabolism. However, there is something else you can do to keep your metabolism whirring along.

Eating smaller meals throughout the day, as opposed to three larger meals, will keep your body working at burning calories. It also has the added benefit of keeping your hunger from getting out of control.

3. Fast Feet – We’ll keep this tip short and sweet. A great way to lose weight is to take brisk walks on a regular basis. It’s not only easy enough to do, but it will also help you to lose weight safely and keep it off.

4. Cut Calories – This may be the biggest “secret” that fad diets try to conceal, but it gets right to the heart of the matter. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. So far we have looked at burning calories, but now it’s time to switch to reducing how many you take in. The good news is that you don’t have to religiously count every calorie that goes into your mouth. All you have to do is make better food choices, and make a conscious effort to eat reasonable portions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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I Can’t Lose Weight – Yes You Can

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 25-10-2012-05-2008

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If you are saying to yourself, “I can’t lose weight”, then guess what? You can’t lose weight! See, along with changing your diet and exercise habits comes the emotional side of losing weight. Losing weight is a process that takes time and dedication.

If you have a lot of belly fat you may know that when under stress the body produces a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol increases fat stores around your mid-section putting you at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Learn some techniques to decrease the stress in your life. Meditation is a good technique to use to decrease stress. Yoga is another good way. Actually, just getting some regular daily exercise will go a long way to decreasing your stress level.

Try to think more positively about your life and your weight loss. If you do then the extra pounds will be long gone in no time.

Getting enough good sleep is also a big part of losing weight. If you are on the “I can’t lose weight” bandwagon then try getting an extra hour or two of sleep at night. The human body needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night and when you do not get it your metabolism starts to slow down and your body does not work the way it should. Those of us who work the night shift really have screwed up metabolisms. Working nights is very stressful on the human body. We were all meant to sleep at night not during the day.

Okay, so you have done all the things listed above and find you still cannot lose the weight. Let’s investigate the situation a little further. Are you drinking enough water? If you answer that you drink enough fluids then my next question is, do you drink pop or other sweetened drinks? If you do you need to stop. Regular pop, diet pop and other sweetened drinks are called empty calories because they have no nutritional value. The only thing they do is add to your excess fat. Did you know that if you do nothing else but stop drinking pop you can lose approximately 40 pounds in a year, give or take a few pounds.

Wait a sec, diet pop? Yup, diet pop is sweetened with artificial sweeteners and is basically poison. Diet pop actually tricks your body into staying fat. When you drink diet pop the body thinks it is getting something of value and when it realizes you were only kidding the brain signals the stomach that it is still hungry and you end up eating more.

Stick with the water and maybe some green tea. The green tea gives you an added benefit of antioxidants that are so important for your health and it tastes great, too.

So try to decrease the stress in your life, divorce it if you have to, get more sleep at night and give up the pop. This should help turn the “I can’t lose weight” into “Yes, I can lose weight”.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Change Of Lifestyle For Fast Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 24-09-2012-05-2008

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Melinda often wakes up in the morning and becomes ashamed of herself as she stares in the mirror at her reflection. After having three children, Melinda has managed to keep some of the fat that often comes with pregnancy.

It sickens herself to know she looks like this.

There are various ways to help Melinda and others who need to lose weight fast. A fast weight loss program is essential and crucial way to lose weight fast. One of the common resources is articles on the Internet. Thousands of articles if not a hundred million, for people who are in Melinda’s situation or just want to lose weight fast.

The key to fast weight loss is to be aware of how much and what foods you consume. In a busy day of many, some are unable to carefully evaluate whether or not the food choices they are making are right for them and their bodies. After providing for the family and cooking a meal, Melinda and other women still have daily chores and other tasks they need to perform, so they skip a meal to get things done faster, at least they hope to.

Skipping meals won’t help you gain results quickly, in fact it’s more harmful to your body and can have the opposite effect. The people who are skipping their meals are slowing down their metabolism. In achieving a fast weight loss it’s crucial you speed up your metabolism so your body can process more calories and burn fat in the process. These people also develop a habit of eating more whenever they can, because they skipped a meal.

To aid in a fast weight loss diet, drinking water and natural fruit juices will help to shed those pounds. It’s advised you drink at least 8 glasses of liquid (preferably water) during the day and sweet processed products are your enemy. Things to avoid include chocolate, cookies, and ice cream.

Generally a rule of thumb when grocery shopping is to stick with the outer isles. The outer isles are healthy for you and there are less processed foods that can sneak into your cart when you’re not looking(blame the kids or the spouse). Taking the time to prepare your family healthy meals in advance will not only give your family the nutrients they need but it will also help you keep track of your fast weight loss program.

Women tend to think that they do not need exercise because of the exhaustion that’s heaped on them after a day at work and then the time and tedious task of maintaining the home and taking care of the kids. Regular exercise is beneficial to everyone, young and old alike. Exercise will help you in the fast weight loss program. Doing something so simple as ten crunches a day, as an example will flatten that bulge of fat you call a stomach, if done regularly. However, you will need to increase the amount of crunches as days pass.

In order to achieve a fast weight loss, you have to have the will and determination to lose weight and to change your life. This is the effective in a fast weight loss program.

If you want to see results quicker remember these four things, as they are crucial to a fast weight loss program to be successful.

Exercise-Is important and will help you to reach your goal faster while making you more fit. A regular work out will help to make you stronger and more lean, if you don’t have a work out set perhaps you could take a dip at the local pool and exercise there. Water helps to exercise you without putting as much of a strain on the joints.

Eat Healthy- Never skip meals, but also remember to not eat anything sweet. Stick to the outside isles!

Drink-Water  liquid is essential to keep our bodies functioning. Just like a car. No oil, no car. The same applies to you. No water, not a healthy you. Drink at least 8 cups of water to help flush the pounds.

Sleep-Just like water, sleep is crucial to maintain your well-being. Studies have recently shown that while you sleep your body is processing calories, just at a slower rate. However this does not mean you can stuff yourself before you go to bed and not have to worry about it affecting your fast weight loss program.

Keep these things in mind and you’re on your way to a fast weight loss.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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5 reasons “slow-go” cardio SUCKS

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 28-07-2012-05-2008

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I’ve been going through some emails over the last few days I’ve noticed that many people are still stuck doing long duration, low-intensity cardiovascular exercise — yikes!

Here’s the deal: if you’re looking to achieve maximal benefit from the time you put into your workouts, long duration “slow-go” cardio is NOT the way to go, and for many reasons.

Here are my top 5:

1. Minimal calories burned — 45 minutes on the treadmill may burn a whopping 300 calories if you’re lucky, the equivalent of ONE TENTH of a pound of fat. Exercise ten hours a week and you might just lose a pound!

Which brings me to my next point:

2. Way too much time involved — I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours and hours of my time to pour into working out each week. In fact, very rarely do I ever a couple hours of exercise weekly, and you know what? That’s ALL you need. In fact, research has shown that anything more than 90 mins a week may be detrimental!

Beyond that, slow-go cardio is:

3. BORING as heck — Sitting on an exercise bike staring at the wall in front of me for 45-60 minutes? No thanks.

But perhaps even worse is the fact that slow-go cardio provides:

4. No prolonged metabolic benefit — Did you know that with higher intensity exercise it is possible to continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours post workout? It’s true. But you know what else is true? Long duration, low intensity cardio provides virtually NO prolonged elevation in metabolism. In fact, with slow-go cardio, metabolism returns to baseline almost IMMEDIATELY following the exercise session.

And finally, the reason that trumps all the others:

5. Minimal fat loss — Minimal calories burned during the session and virtually no additional calories burned afterward = minimal, if any fat loss results. And let’s be honest, the only reason anyone is doing cardio is for the “result”.

So if slow-go cardio isn’t a great solution, what is?

Both interval training and bodyweight circuit training are great alternatives for weight loss and fat burning. Plus, with bodyweight exercises, you can sculpt your lower and upper body, and your abs!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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10 Abdominal Exercise Substitutions

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 29-05-2012-05-2008

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Today, you’re going to discover the six-pack abs approved abdominal exercise substitution list AND 1 exercise you should never do.

Please print this exercise substitution list out and email it to your friends. Heck, you could even post it at your gym.

HERE WE GO – starting with the 1 exercise NEVER to do…

Now yesterday I told you about how I saw a trainer put his client through a BACK-DESTROYING exercise, and here’s what it was:

The exercise was weighted Stability Ball Crunches – but there were not normal crunches on the ball that you see people do. No way.

You see, not only did the client do a full-on sit-up motion, but she kept going – violently – into a total body flexion movement that ended with her almost putting her head between her knees.

But doing any type of spinal flexion can be harmful to your low back because this will compress the disks in your spine.

In fact, Dr. Stuart McGill, the world’s expert on low-back injuries and abdominal training, said in a recent New York Times article, “…no sit-ups, they place devastating loads on the disks.”

The disks in your spine are the same disks that get herniated in low back injury. And moves like sit-ups essentially CRUSH the disks between the bones in your spine, causing terrible pain and nerve damage.

So STOP doing crunches and sit-ups!

Fortunately, you can still get six-pack abs and a flat, sexy stomach by using back-friendly ab exercises instead.

So let’s review a huge list of abdominal exercise substitutions:

1. Replace crunches with:

Planks, mountain climbers, and stability ball jackknives

2. Replace cross-crunches (i.e. twisting or oblique crunches) with:

Side planks and cross-body mountain climbers

3. Replace sit-ups with:

Stability ball jackknives, stability ball planks, stability ball pikes, stability ball rollouts, and hanging knee raises

Now let’s take a look at how we can make some of these back-friendly ab exercises even harder for your abs:

1. How to increase the difficulty of the Plank

First of all, before you move on from the plank, you have to master it.

Dr. McGill says that we should all be able to do a plank for 2 minutes straight.

Now I’ll be honest, I let myself go on this exercise last summer, and not surprisingly, it was probably one of the reasons I had back pain.

At one point, I was only able to do a strict plank for 75 seconds, but I’ve worked my way back up over 135 seconds, and now my back pain is gone.

You can also do pushup-planks, as those will help prepare you for pushups if you are a beginner.

Eventually you will graduate to the Stability Ball Plank, which is 30% harder for your abs than regular planks.

2. Harder versions of the Side Plank

Advanced versions include the Side Plank with Leg Raise and Side Plank with DB Lateral Raise (allowing you to train your shoulders at the same time). Dr. McGill adds that we should be able to do aside plank for 90 seconds straight.

3. Mountain Climbers substitutions

You can use the Spiderman Climb exercise as a replacement, and this is excellent for lower-body and hip mobility.

A harder version of mountain climbers is the Cross-Body Mountain Climber, and you can also do mountain climbers with your hands on the ball or with your hands on the floor and feet on the ball.

One of my favorite advanced versions is the “Hands on the Floor, Feet on the Ball Cross-body Mountain Climber” or even the “EXTREME X-Body Mountain Climber”.

Stability Ball NOTE

If you don’t have a ball, you need to get one. They are cheap, and I’m not asking you to do any dangerous circus tricks on them!

But if you don’t have a ball, you can replace the Stability Ball Plank with the Mountain Climber exercise, but it will not be as difficult.

4. How to increase the difficulty of the Stability Ball Jackknife

Eventually you’ll progress to the Stability Ball Pike. And another way to do this exercise is using the TRX straps. That is one of the exercises that gets improved by the TRX. Very effective movement. But even with the ball you can step up your training by using this exercise.

5. The Stability Ball Pike

This is another exercise improved by using the TRX, as well as a cool toy I bought called the Power Wheel. The key to the exercise is raising your hips up as high as possible, and again, using the Power Wheel or TRX allows you to do that better.

6. Alternatives for the Stability Ball Rollout

If you are new to this exercise, you can use a modified Roll-out that is easier.

Plus, you can substitute an ab wheel in place of the ball or you can even use the TRX in a similar type of movement. It works because you are fighting the extension of your torso.

Stretch your abs on the way out, and contract your abs to return to the starting position. This movement will leave your abs quite sore if it is a new exercise for you!

7. Additional Advanced Abs Exercises

Once you’ve dominated all of these Stability Ball exercises, you can move to traditional advanced ab exercises of of Hanging Knee Ups and Hanging Leg Raises.

However, you should only do these exercises if you can fully ELIMINATE momentum from the exercise. Do NOT swing your hips or rock back and forth.

8. Pushups That Workout Your Abs

You should also understand that a LOT of traditional exercises work your abs and slight variations of traditional moves can work your abs very hard.

For example, some of the best pushups for abs include:

* Elevated Pushups

* T-Pushup

* Spiderman Pushups

* Decline Spiderman Pushups

You’ll get all of these in six pack abs home workouts, of course.

9. Pulling Exercises that work your abs

Back in the day, I trained a fit woman who had never been asked to do a chin-up by her previous trainers. So I had her do 2-3 sets of 3-5 repetitions.

She came back the next session and couldn’t believe how sore her abs were from this exercise. So again, you will get a lot of ab work from traditional movements. In addition to the chin-up, here are my favorite “total body pulling muscle ab exercises”.

* DB Renegade Row

* Pullups

* Chinups/Pullups with kneeups

* Spiderman Pullups

Use those to make your workouts more efficient.

10. Shoulder/Arm Exercises

YES, you can use shoulder and arm exercises to work your abs. Any time you do a standing exercise, you’ll need to brace your abs HARD in order to maintain a stiff torso. That works your abs as hard as planks and side planks.

Plus, in the triceps extension exercise, you are stretching your abs as you lower the weight and contracting your abs as you contract your triceps to return the dumbbells or bar to the start position. I’ve had super-sore abs just from doing triceps!

So here are my favorite upper body exercises for abs:

* 1-Arm Press

* 1-Arm Curl

* DB Triceps Extension

Hope you enjoyed that massive list of ab exercise substitutions!

Just say NO to crunches!

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health and Oxygen magazines and will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment.

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